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Arsenal Book Festival 2015. Nostalgia.)

Ok, today’s a sh*tty day so I desperately need to think about something nice. x_x

And as everybody in the international illustrative community keeps talking about Bologna Book Fair, I thought it would be nice to recall that one and only book festival I actually took part in – Ukrainian Arsenal Book Festival – since Bologna is still a big pink dream for me πŸ˜‰ Besides, I keep calling to mind my festival experience these days as I’ve already sent an application to participate this year also, yay! This Book Festival is a really big thing in Ukraine so – fingers crossed! Obviously, every free minute I have is spent thinking of all the fun stuff I can make&sell this year – perfect time to recall all the fun stuff I made&sold last year, right? πŸ™‚

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So, everything started with preparing my products) As always, I’ve managed to print everything just the day before the start of the Festival – I really have to be more organized this time) *if I get in, of course!)) I’m just too optimistic)))* I thought the pile was huge – however I had to print more during the Festival, it was a big surprise!

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And here’s my table! I’ve made a cute bee to stand out among all the artists and I really want to use it this year also) *still optimistic))* Because it’s cuuuute! And there’s my name on it πŸ˜‰ As you can see I’ve printed a bunch of greeting card designs and bookmarks + brought some handmade stuff I got left. But the real surprise and success were….

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…the PU-U-UPS! ^_^ I had to print more and more of them several times – guess, this year *oh, come on!))* I’ll have to print cats also, but shhh, it’s a secret! πŸ˜‰ Basically it’s a paper figure scheme of a funny dog, 6 different designs – nothing too complicated) But kids – and not only kids! – loved them!)) It was so amazing to see random people smiling as they looked at my table – guess, it is the greatest reward for my work πŸ™‚

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Moreover, I had to hold a master-class during the Festival – it was a nightmare, but, I guess, a useful one) Actually, I don’t remember much about it, I was too nervous)) And yeap, that’s me trying to animateΒ Malevich’s black square – don’t ask))

So, in brief, that 5 days of the Festival were VERY exhausting …and VERY cool!)) This year the participation fee actually doubled *oh cruel world…*, but still I have that strange irresistible urge to take part. So I hope I’ll eventually get in – wish me luck πŸ™‚

But as I wait for the answer, I guess I’ll return to my ordinary commissions, because as the say “business before pleasure“! Or maybe cup of tea before sleep? πŸ˜‰ That definitely sounds better! πŸ˜›

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The Thing about the Thing for Things

First of all I have to tell you: I don’t learn from my mistakes.

Brain: “Let’s make something quick and easy, Zhe!”

Hands: “Of course! How about this strange thing to contain other strange things to put on the shelf with the previous strange things we’ve made? And let’s cover ourselves in glue and paint, yay!”

Whatever.

So i’ve decided to reuse my old hand cream jar. Here it is.

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The Tale of Six Fails and One Win

It’s finally friday – I mean Fri-DIY! πŸ™‚ Guess you see now what I’ve decided to make my weekly feature – Do-It-Yourself project! Cute and useful out of old and needless – what can be better? Hey, people on Pinterest do that all the time!

Yeah, right.

When I was making handmade greeting cards I’d always worshiped the principle: Handmade Doesn’t Have to Be Neat! It’s not really important for lines to be straight – the soul and charm of the thing made with your hands is what important. That seemed just a principle then – but now I can see clearly: I’m just not capable of neatness. So welcome to the world of MESSY HANDMADE!))) You can Do It Yourself – but Do You Dare?! πŸ˜‰

However everything looked very promising from the start.

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The Flare of Nostalgia and One Blue Giraffe

Meet Arnold – my crazy pet giraffe. Quite a low-maintenance pet, I gladly admit. πŸ˜‰ Small, silent and not picky in food – the perfect helper) But what does he help me with, you ask?

It’s been a couple of days since my last post so my day started anxiously: I need to write something, but what? Since my creative personal projects are still on New-Year-and-other-winter-holidays pause and my work commission’s still in progress – so nothing to show yet – I’ve decided to call to mind some of the things I’m already *and STILL!)* kinda proud of: my handmade stuff. πŸ™‚

Making handmade greeting cards has always been a dream and pleasure for me. Although I didn’t manage to develop this hobby into a high profitable business I still don’t loose hope to do it someday πŸ˜‰ *somewhere, over the rainbow…))* It’s not actual scrapbooking, it’s not very neat and tidy *ok, sometimes it’s just sloppy))* – but that was something I really tried to put my soul into – so I hope you can find a tiny sloppy bit of me in every card πŸ™‚

That’s just a quick glance on my handmade stuff – most of my cards can be found in my good old Livejournal – but it’s in ukrainian.) however, photos don’t need translation, I guess πŸ˜‰


 

Wait, so what’s up with Arnold? πŸ™‚ Does he hold the paper while I’m trying to cut in cleanly? Is he really good with color combinations? Can he tie perfect bows? Well, I can tell you how he helps me. He’s such a cute weirdo – he inspires me, everyday. But shhh, it’s a professional secret. πŸ˜‰